Often, it is said that one should believe in God in order to avoid going to hell, a place of eternal torment. This is said as if it’s a given.
One thing I’d like to broach here is referencing the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a parody deity created to promote thought about intelligent design and creationism in public schools. When it is suggested to teach creationism and intelligent design in public schools, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is often brought up as a third deity to be taught, as many of the arguments of intelligent design proponents and creationists can be used as arguments for the FSM.
In this article, I’d like to take it one step further by asking this question:
Would threats (promises?) of being forever doomed to the Giant Sauce Pot of Woe if you do not become an atheist (or Pastafarian) be persuasive?
Like the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a replacement for God, the Giant Sauce Pot of Woe (GSPW) is a fictional place of eternal torment that is a replacement for Hell. In this, you will be boiled in the tomato sauce of your doom forever. Of course, this is a silly idea, but if the GSPW is not a persuasive argument, why would threats of hell be persuasive?
Would love to hear y’all’s thoughts.